By Ken Waddell, myWestman
NEEPAWA, Man. — NACTV has been in operation as a community access TV station serving Neepawa and area since 1977. The broadcast license is held by an eight-person, community-elected board. The station broadcasts mostly locally produced programs, seven days a week, 365 days a year, on Channel 12, MTS Channel 30, Bell ExpressVu 592 and on-line through the station’s website, nactv.tv.
In 2016, upon the retirement of the long-time manager at NACTV, the board of directors entered into an agreement with the management and technical staff of the Neepawa Banner to operate the Neepawa downtown studio, at 423 Mountain Avenue, the live broadcast studio at the Yellowhead Centre Arena and on-site videography work in the area.
The Neepawa Banner has a professional staff of 10, plus a number of part-time employees and a range of freelance writers and photographers. The Banner staff have won numerous provincial awards for editing, writing, photography and page layout. NACTV has two paid positions and dozens of volunteers. NACTV has also won many provincial level awards of excellence. The Banner staff are diligently adding TV skills to their resumes and are about to embark on a volunteer recruitment and training program in the community. Many people from the community have stated they would like to learn parts of the industry. We can use many more.
We are setting up a volunteer program at NACTV and The Neepawa Banner that will provide an opportunity for high school students, as well as other community members, to learn any aspect they wish of the journalism industry. Because of the skill level of our staff and current volunteers, we can offer training in: videography (filming), video editing, studio operation, web design (and more importantly web content maintenance), announcing and broadcasting, play-by-play of hockey and other team events including basketball, curling and baseball, studio management, graphic arts, page layout, commercial printing, freelance assignment writing and freelance photography.
Many former NACTV volunteers have gone on to the professional ranks, that opportunity is still there for anyone who has ambitions in this field.
NACTV can’t operate without a lot of volunteers and we have had lots of interest, so we hope to get lots more and set up training sessions soon. People from all walks of life are welcome to contact us about volunteering and receiving training. Call us at NACTV at (204) 476-2815 or email us at [email protected]. NACTV is also looking to hire a videographer, four hours per day, five days a week.